CHESTNUT HILL, MA - Boston College’s Andre Williams ran for 263 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Eagles (3-2, 1-1 ACC) to a 48-27 victory over Army (2-4) Saturday afternoon at Alumni Stadium. Junior fullback Larry Dixon led the Black Knights with his third 100-yard rushing game of the year, posting 125 yards and two touchdowns on just 11 carries.
The Army offense utilized big plays for two of their three touchdowns. Angel Santiago and Xavier Moss connected on a 75-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter, while Dixon found the end zone from 80 yards out on the Black Knights’ first play of the second half. It marked the first time in the modern era (since 1946) that Army had a 70-yard pass and 80-yard run in the same game.
Thirteen players totaled 326 rushing yards for the Black Knights. Army amassed 101 yards through the air for a total of 427 offensive yards. Boston College gained 320 yards on the ground and 523 yards of total offense.
Santiago finished the game 2-for-3 for 82 yards and a score before leaving the game with an injury. Kelvin White came on in relief and completed three of his eight throws for 19 yards. Moss caught two passes for 82 yards and his first career touchdown.
Defensively, Julian Holloway registered a career-high 10 tackles, including one sack. Thomas Holloway also reached double digits with 10 stops. Senior Colby Miller made the first three tackles of his career, including one behind the line of scrimmage.
Boston College quarterback Chase Rettig was 11-for-13 form 203 yards and a touchdown through the air. Alex Amidon was his favorite target, catching five passes for 122 yards. Dave Dudeck was on the receiving end of the Eagles’ first touchdown.
The Eagles’ defense was led by Kevin Pierre-Louis who made a game-high 18 tackles. Steele Divotto added 12 stops. Steven Daniels made a game-high three tackles behind the line, including two of the Eagles’ three quarterback sacks.
For the fifth time in six games, the Black Knights put points on the board on its opening possession. The Black Knights marched 55 yards, all on the ground, to the Boston College 21-yard line before getting stopped on 3rd-and-4. Daniel Grochowski came on and drilled a 38-yard field goal to give Army a 3-0 lead with 9:07 left on the first quarter clock.
On the first play of the ensuing drive, Rettig connected with Amidon on a short wide receiver screen that turned into a 68-yard gain down to the Black Knights’ 7-yard line. A false start penalty backed the Eagles up five yards, but after two runs by Williams, Rettig found Dudeck in the back corner of the end zone for a three-yard touchdown. The extra point put the Boston College on top 7-3 with 6:59 left in the opening period.
The Black Knights went deep into the playbook on the first play of their next possession. Terry Baggett took the handoff, stopped and flipped it back to Santiago on the flea flicker. Santiago then threw a perfect deep ball to a streaking Moss who went untouched into the end zone. The 75-yard pass was Army’s longest touchdown throw since a 78-yarder against East Carolina in 2004. Grochowski’s second PAT gave Army a 10-7 lead with 6:49 left in the first quarter.
The teams continued trading punches on BC’s next possession. Williams capped a four-play, 58-yard drive with a 34-yard run around the left side. The extra point put the Eagles back on top, 14-10 with 5:19 left in the first quarter.
The Army offense then covered 69 yards, 62 on the ground, in 13 plays and taking five minutes, 19 seconds off the clock. Dixon did the honors, going up the middle for a three-yard scoring run to swing the lead back in Army’s favor. Grochowski’s extra point made the score 17-14 with 14:40 left in the second quarter.
After a 46-yard kickoff return to near midfield, BC covered 51 yards, all on the ground, for their third touchdown of the first half. Williams scored his second of the day, a one-yard run, and the PAT put the Eagles back on top 21-17 with 12:08 to go.
Boston College’s defense made the first stop of the day, sacking Santiago on 3rd-and-5. Alex Tardieu’s punt appeared to have struck an Eagle player and then was recovered by Army, but the officials ruled the Black Knights had touched the ball first. The Eagles took over 1st-and-10 at their own 35-yard line. Williams capped the Eagles’ fourth straight touchdown drive with a 37-yard run up the middle. The PAT extended Boston College’s lead to 28-17 with 9:00 to go in the first half.
Army, with White under center, covered 67 yards in 17 plays and took 8:12 off the clock. Grochowski’s 40-yard field goal split the uprights to pull the Black Knights within eight at 28-20 with 48 seconds left in the half.
Boston College took over at its 36-yard line and moved to Army’s 32-yard line. Nate Freese’s 49-yard field goal try on the final play of the half was good, sending the Eagles into the locker room with a 31-20 lead.
The two teams combined for 552 yards of offense in the first 30 minutes. The Eagles outgained Army 286-266, but the Black Knights held a 165-145 advantage on the ground. Trenton Turrentine led the Black Knights with 49 yards on seven carries. Five different players carried the ball at least five times for the Black Knights in the first half. Santiago completed two of his three throws for 82 yards, while White was 3-for-4 for 19 yards. Williams paced the Eagles’ attack with 135 yards and three touchdowns in the opening half. Rettig was 7-for-8 for 141 yards and a score.
The Army defense forced its first three-and-out of the game on the Eagles’ first possession of the second half. Dixon then broke free on the dive and raced 80 yards for his second touchdown of the afternoon. It was Army’s longest rushing play since Collin Mooney’s 81-yard scoring run against Buffalo in 2008 and tied for the ninth-longest rush in Academy history.
The Eagles needed just two plays to put the ball in the end zone for the sixth and final time. Williams broke free and raced 34 yards for his fifth touchdown of the day. The extra point gave the Eagles a three-touchdown lead at 48-27 with 12:27 left in the game. Neither team would score the rest of the way.
After a two-week absence, Army will return to the banks of the Hudson to face Eastern Michigan this weekend.